Need help with charging problem

Discussion in 'RT/10 and GTS Discussions' started by OLXRAM, Aug 26, 2003.

  1. OLXRAM

    OLXRAM Viper Owner

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    Hey guys.....I'm having a charging problem with my 96 GTS. I put a new battery in about 6 months ago and the alternator is charging/meter also reads 14 when car is running. But when i shut the car off for more than an hour the battery wont turn the starter more than a couple times. I put it on a jump for about 3 seconds and it starts right up..any ideas?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Ulysses

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    Inspect the terminal connectors on the cables and clean them really well if you find they have a lot of buildup.

    If they look okay, pull the battery and and check each cell with a specific gravity checker. If one cell is really low compared to the rest, you have a dead cell.
     
  3. OLXRAM

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    Thanks a lot....ill try that tonight
     
  4. OLXRAM

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    Just took it apart....Sure enough...2 Bad cells. Ive never heard of this with a new battery though

    Thanks for the help
     
  5. Jack B

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    You might want to try a maintenance free battery and not have to worry about the fluid level.
     
  6. OLXRAM

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    Do any of you guys use OPTIMA batteries?..I think i might try that next
     
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    It's not unheard of to pull a new battery off the shelf and it has a bad cell. Also, if it was working fine for a few months before all this happened, you might want to have your alternator checked. Could be under or over charging the battery.

    As far as Optimas go, they seem to be the ticket, but they are still a acid type battery.
     
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    I got an Optima. Works great. Maintenance free and no worries about leaks.

    I also had some corrosion at the connection to the starter before. I cleaned the terminals at the starter and at the fusebox and everythings been fine ever since.
     
  9. OLXRAM

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    Can you give me the model# and type you used?
     

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